Psychological Acceptance: Experimental Analyses and Theoretical Interpretations

Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Cochrane, Andy and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne and Stewart, Ian and McHugh, Louise (2004) Psychological Acceptance: Experimental Analyses and Theoretical Interpretations. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 4. pp. 517-530.

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There has been a recent explosion of interest in experiential avoidance as a source of human psychopathology and acceptance-based interventions as a means of combating the deleterious effects of such avoidance. Most of this work has focused on clinical outcome measures, but a small body of research has also employed experimental analogs. The first part of the current article reviews the key studies in this analog research and concludes that the results support the argument that acceptance interventions provide some possible advantages over more traditional control- or distraction-based interventions. The second part of the article provides the beginnings of a technical analysis of acceptance in terms of Relational Frame Theory, a modern behavioral approach to human language and cognition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Psychological acceptance, theoretical interpretations
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 400
Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2006
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
Publisher: Universidad de Almería
Refereed: Yes

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